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Megadeth reveals ‘Kegadeth’ festival, provides update on ‘Megacruise’ & new album

Posted by on October 8, 2018

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine provided an update on all things Megadeth in a new interview with Full Metal Jackie. Essentially, the band will be incredibly busy next year as it looks like their upcoming album could pair well with their first-ever Megacruise.

Mustaine provided an update on the upcoming cruise, stating:

“Some of the things we take into consideration when we do dates, is obviously what’s the next show? Where do you go from here? Another question is – who are you playing with and what is that show going to mean? If it’s a festival, which is what the question was, the festivals sometimes have a life of their own. There’s a vibe or a feeling, something about a festival that if it’s a good one like Hellfest in France, it’s remarkable. There’s a vibe – that festival is bigger than any band that plays on it. And that’s what anyone who is a festival promoter wants is to have a festival to be bigger than any band on it because then that means it’ll go on forever.

We have thought about when we do festivals, how do you bring the audience in to have fun? Well, we don’t really want anybody up onstage, but we would love to be able to have something backstage. You know, something where you can have people associate with the band, maybe play some songs, get some direct information from us, some feedback on their playing and stuff. And, we thought, you know, what would be a great way to do that? Well, a cruise would be a great way and we’re doing the first ever West Coast cruise on next year with Norwegian [Cruise Line].

We’re going to have… it’s going to start in Long Beach and we’re gonna cruise out to Catalina and then go down to Mexico and turn around, head back up to San Diego and I think we’re going to stop in San Diego. We may return up to Long Beach, but I think San Diego’s gonna be where the cruise is gonna end for us.

We’ve got a lot of really great bands that we’ve planned. One I’m super excited about is Armored Saint. I’ve always been a fan of Armored Saint. I like the Sandoval brothers and love Joey [Vera] so, I think it’s going to be fun and that’s what we wanted. We wanted something that you know, people would stop thinking about, how do we have the most successful this and how do we make the most money that. Well, how about you treat the fans with dignity and respect and you give them their money’s worth, you know?”

While this mega-voyage is still being worked on, if all of these locations turn into a reality, the trip could run for a full week instead of the standard four-day adventure.

However, the cruise isn’t the only event the band are working on as Dave Mustaine revealed the Megadeth-themed festival – Kegadeth. Additionally, he provided an update on the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia.

“So, If I went chronologically down the list of everything that’s going on right now, we’re working on wrapping up the music, I’m working on a new band that Thrashville manages called Down to Ride. We’re working on their music and they’re still trying to decide if that’s the name they’re going to use or not and we are working on the Megacruise, we’re working on Kegadeth, which is a metal music and craft beer festival that we created based around the new beer.

Then next year we hope to have a record out. This October 27th we’ll be headlining Jakarta – were taking the holidays off and we’ll be working on the new record next year. We start around March, I’m going to be doing a very special experience where I’m going to be going out for a month and playing some concerts.

So after Kegadeth we have something also next year, of course, we have the experience starting in March – and after that we do a month worth of Kegadeth and then we’ve got some dates in the Summer, and then in the Fall again we’re going to do a camping plan with the Kegadeth festival and then more Kegadeth dates.

Then obviously a Megadeth tour to support record number 16. And I use my social media stuff to help explain what’s going on with us and we’re really super excited about this next year with everything that is going on with the new record.”

2019 will be an ambitious year for Megadeth and we are looking forward to see their overall turnout.

[via Metal Injection]

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